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Deaf awareness week

Deaf Awareness Week — smoke alarms for deaf or hard of hearing people

Cheshire Firefighters are using National Deaf Awareness Week (May 19-25) to ensure people who are deaf or hard of hearing have the right smoke alarms in their homes — to protect them and give them that valuable time to escape from a house fire.

Deaf Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity for those who know anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing to make sure they have alarms that meet their needs.

Smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

A whole range of alarms have been designed specifically for the hard of hearing, with features ranging from strobe lighting and vibrating alarms to small wearable radio linked pagers. These specialist alarms can save lives, alerting residents to a fire in their home even if they remove their hearing aid at night.

Deaf people need to place a vibrating pad under their mattress or pillow at night. If smoke is detected, the alarm will sound and set off the pad to assist in waking them.

British Standard BS5446-3:2005 specifies smoke alarm kits for deaf and hard of hearing people. Products made to this standard give deaf people assurance of quality smoke alarms designed to meet their needs.

Book a home fire safety check

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service does not charge for Home Fire Safety Checks or any of the detection equipment fitted.

During a Home Fire Safety Check we can advise on planning an escape route, positioning alarms and, of course, ensure that the correct working smoke alarm is fitted. They are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible.

Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can book a home safety check by texting 'HSA' and your name and address to 07624 808300 .

For information on deafness and hearing loss please contact:
Action on hearing loss on 0808 808 0123 or textphone 0808 808 9000
or visit the: Action on hearing loss website

Partnership with Deafness Support Network

In 2007 Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service and Deafness Support Network recruited a Deaf Persons Advocate, who can also communicate in British Sign Language if necessary, to visit people in their homes to deliver Home Safety Assessments and fit specialist smoke alarms.

(Ed. So if you know anyone in our community who would benefit from this free service then please get in touch with them and help them access this help.
Article taken from The Cheshire Fire and Rescue service website)